Founders and Management
Dr Biswas brings a wealth of international business experience from the past 20 years with a distinguished career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies in Europe and Asia Pacific, including running its Corporate Planning and M&A operation in Australia.
Since 2001, he has been involved with advising and directing early stage companies including sustainable development companies.
Dr Biswas adds significant commercial mining and finance expertise invaluable. His expertise includes mining tenement acquisitions, budgets and strategic plans; liaising and negotiating with mining departments and other officials; negotiating directly with foreign governments and joint venture partners; sourcing geological, management and statutory reports; and presentations to companies, stockbrokers and financial institutions.
Dr Biswas was born in India and maintains business relationships in that country. Dr Biswas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Queensland University of Technology.
Silvana De CianniFounder
Ms De Cianni is an internationally experienced business executive with a proven track record in the mining industry.
With many years of experience in contract mining, corporate finance, mining project development and commodities management, Ms De Cianni has a unique understanding of the global resources, property and mining services industries. She has undertaken extensive management of complex financial and corporate activities, and has had significant exposure to the investment, mergers and acquisitions, broking and commodities sectors.
David TolmayDirector – Energy & Water Systems
David holds a Full Technological Certificate (FTC) in Electrical Engineering. He has 42 years of experience in Africa and Australia.
David’s experience covers, Transformer design & manufacture; Solar PV design & install.
David’s managerial and manufacturing experience was acquired in the National Railways of Rhodesia; South Wales Electric Transformers Rhodesia; Divisional Manager Hawker Siddeley Electric Zimbabwe, Managing Director Atelier Zimbabwe, Quality Assurance Manager ISO 9001:2015 , Founder Director Dave Tolmay Electrical, Energy & Power Systems Australia & Energy Storage Products Australia.
David holds the following licences: Electrical Contractor South Australia; Clean Energy Council Accredited Design & Install of Solar PV Systems; Commonwealth of Australia Electrical Inspector Solar PV.
Ranaji GangulyCo-founder, Country Head & Director for Indian Sub-continent & Middle East
Member of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation with Economic Consultancy Initiative: Started in Projects started to promote and implement initiative for e - governance and Public Private participation in various services so as to end Govt. domination and streamline outreach to the public.
Various projects. NAC: Consultant & Advisor in setting up The National Advisory Council, in June 2004,which was working during the two terms of the UPA Govt. and was wound up in May 2014.
The NAC was responsible for the drafting of several key bills passed by both UPA governments, including the Right to Information Act, Right to Education Act, Employees Guarantee Act, Food Security Bill, & other important Acts & Bills. Alternative liquids funds division of a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.
Ranaji has an economics degree from the University of Delhi and a Masters of Public Policy and Economic Strategy at the Blavatnik School of Government.
Francois De SerouxDirector – European Finance, Regional Head for Africa and Latin America Development
After completing his degree and MBA at EDHEC Business School, Francois became Vice-President of Treasury and Finance at JP Morgan, New York.
Francois was then appointed Director of the Socfin Group, New York which was the worlds largest plantation group with interests in palm oil, rubber, coffee and cocoa.
Francois was established as an international investment advisor based in Hong Kong then in Little Rock, Arkansas mostly associated with the CIS counties. His career as investment advisor then extended to Zurich covering the Caspian countries, Mongolia and Africa and most recently based in Barcelona covering the SEA and Latin America.
Francois is an Ambassador of the UIN with the International Criminal Court in The Hague.